As it turns out I have not one, not two, but three- Three Herniated Disks- ah ah ah ah! (Insert lightning & thunder here.) As the good doctor described it, in-between the vertebrae are disks, which resemble jelly doughnuts. Among other things, they provide a cushion between the vertebrae. Apparently, three of them have ruptured and are oozing their jelly against my spinal cord. The result is that I have to stay in bed for a few weeks. Lovely. I keep telling my wife & kids to throw me out & get a new one, but for some reason, they refuse.